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October 10, 2005 Issue

Cover Story

The Secret City

New York is a city of façades, behind which lie many hidden treasures. In our semi-annual survey of design innovation, we sneak peeks at a townhouse’s private basketball court, a rooftop fireplace, Martha Stewart’s gym, and more of the city’s most intriguing hideaways.

Home Design

Fire Wall

Living under the stars.

Crawl Space

A pool in the sky.

Hoop Dream

A child’s fantasy playroom.

Cache Business

Their own personal museum.

Intelligent Design

The disappearing study.

Halston's Old House

A Paul Rudolph masterpiece.

A Voyeur's Scrapbook

Donna Karan’s bed, Pat Wexler’s medicine cabinet . . .

Lost in Place

Excavating secret New York.


Hijacking Dr. Hofmann

Dr. Hofmann It was just your typical New York story of a 60-year-old ex-model spiriting a 96-year-old Swiss-Argentine millionaire away to Paris with the help of an 87-year-old psychic. Then things got complicated.


Four years ago, just as economics professors were becoming hot commodities in the academic world, Columbia’s aging, barely relevant department was bottoming out. But with a massive recruiting effort premised on one hotly pursued prof’s theories about turning around stagnant markets, the university has vaulted to the top of the class.
Plus, who they hired, who they might, and a closer look at the recruiting theory.


Battle of the Baldwins

Conservative sibling Stephen gets advice from big brother Billy.

Chef Kiss-and-Tell

Gives Ducasse indigestion.

Windows on the World II

Freedom Tower looking to open top-floor restaurant.

Celebrity Gift Guide!

Star Assistants get pitched on swag.

Lip Service for Lipman

WSJ’s cheapo good-bye to editor escaping to Condé Nast.

It Happened Last Week

Freddy Ferrer told churchgoers that “God is on my side,” an endorsement that, added to those of David Dinkins and Dennis Rivera, made for a powerful Trinity indeed.

Rock the Vote

Can a Princeton-educated Rockefeller scion make politics interesting for kids who never went to college?

An Exact Replica of Baby’s Nursery, For the Road

The superstroller set is being pampered like never before, thanks to Baby Delish. But are the kids benefiting, or just the moms?

Man’s Best Wingman

Spot check: Which type of dog really attracts the most women?

Raising the Bar

How the humble barkeep became the slick, entrepreneurially minded nightlife professional: the mixologist.

What to Expect When Trump’s Expecting

A peek inside The Donald’s new parenting guide.


Best Bets

Locally grown dahlias, plus retractable speakers, a portable kitchen, and other space-savers.

Look Book

A “mature conservative” Department of Corrections union honcho on his Harlem style.

Restaurant Review

Two name chefs go the cheap-spinoff route, with David Bouley the more successful.

In Season

A sweet potato salad recipe.

Ask Gael

Will Whimsy Curdle My Udon Noodles?

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Oct. 3, 2005: Good Burger, The Cafe at Country, Jimmy's.

Founding Fathers

Happy birthday to the Odeon and Union Square Cafe.

Local Harvest

Throughout October, New York City restaurants celebrate wine and food made in New York.

The Chefs Recommend

Where New York's best chefs eat.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Thomas Truhoe of Puma Black.

Sales & Bargains
This week's hottest sales & bargains.

The Culture Pages

When Everything Changes

Joan Didion talks about the worst year of her life.

Movie Review

Curtis Hanson crafts the chick-lit-level material of In Her Shoes into the best Cameron Diaz role in years.

Theater Review

Two dying-parent dramas, including a Mia Farrow vehicle, skillfully explore an increasingly common trope.

TV Review

Thanks to Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais, and others, lame sitcoms are the exception this season.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

How pop culture suffers from hype and backlash.

Pop Music Review

Fiona Apple returns with more drama and more great songs.


A panel of citizen reviewers share their thoughts on Paul McCartney, Blackalicious, and others.

Classical Music Review

The Met shows off its stars as a promising new season opens.

Composer: Ricky Ian Gordan

Q&A with the man behind Orpheus and Euridice.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.


The Bottom Line

How to withstand the coming Bush economic crisis.


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